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1  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: TheManaDrain.com - New Direction? on: March 15, 2016, 07:32:42 am
twitch lets you issue temp keys to allow others to stream, but not administer your twitch.

There's a (non-mtg) channel called RetroGamingLiveTV where they have multiple streamers who "pass the baton" every couple of hours. I never really looked into how they do it, but the stream goes down for a few seconds, then pops back up with a completely different streamer playing a different game. It's pretty smooth haha, without the "so-and-so is hosting" thing, which means the chat stays constant.
2  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: TheManaDrain.com - New Direction? on: March 02, 2016, 08:38:29 am
As far as functionality on the site, I love Nick's idea. I also think integrating with MODO/twitch somehow is pretty important. But in addition, there's all of the disparate decklist sites (that are individually incomplete): mtgtop8, tcdecks, mtggoldfish for online results, etc. Bringing all of those into one place would be a welcome addition, especially since TOs often post their lists here anyway. I know next to nothing about programming and such, but would it be possible to have the lists that TOs post in the results forum automatically enter into a database similar to TCDecks?

This is something I've thought about in my head, but don't have the technical knowledge to even put it into words. Something like a TMD Event Reporter, tuned for non-sanctioned/proxy/playtest events that TOs could use, that would 1) run the tournament pairings, but also 2) collect decklists and post them automatically to the new TMD site. Imagine a "TMD decklist editor" tool available on the site, where before the tourney, a player fills it out, prints it (or keeps it on their phone), and all the TO has to do is scan it with her iphone or something and *boop* all the data is there, uploaded to the site.

When proxy-gate was going down, there was some (very brief) talk of putting together a rival organization to the DCI, just to run non-sanctioned events. I have fantasies about events "Sponsored by TMD" running smoothly because the tools are well-made, and it's backed by people who make the community great. This kind of fits that bill, but again, I'm just a plebe who doesn't know anything about anything when it comes to the programming infrastructure or work needed to make such things a reality.
3  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: NYSE Open Giveaways - Would You Rather... on: February 17, 2016, 04:21:28 pm
I wonder if it's within the realm of possibility to, well, ask wotc for some EMA product for the event? They could consider NYSE as something like a pre-release, where the product is in stores a week before it's available for sale. It might be outrageous considering the tourney is non-sanctioned, but it's absolutely a significant, high-profile Magic event. Anyway, just a thought.
4  Eternal Formats / General Strategy Discussion / Re: Eternal Masters CONFIRMED on: February 15, 2016, 12:11:06 pm
I didn't believe it when the leaker spoiled it, but then again I had been holding off on a Karakas purchase haha. (I hope it's reprinted in the set.)

Will make proxy/playtest tournaments with a fixed number of proxies that much more accessible. So good news over all. And I hope the limited environment is fun, too. I learned a lot of lessons from Modern Masters and applied them to my cubes.
5  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: WotC cracking down on proxies, even in non-sanctioned events on: January 14, 2016, 01:57:32 pm
And much ado about nothing. See you guys at that next proxy playtest card Vintage event Smile

 Smile
6  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Is Your Current Vintage Deck Proxy Free? on: January 13, 2016, 07:16:31 pm
Can play proxy-free for the most part (missing "modern" stuff like Arcbound Ravagers and Dacks), but usually I play proxies for the pricey stuff to save wear and tear on it.  I break it out for Champs tho!

This is me as well, but I also play Dredge so it was a bit easier to put the deck together. I let my friend use my power when we go to sanctioned stuff, but it mostly sits in our cube (in a vault, deep under a volcano. On the moon).
7  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: WotC cracking down on proxies, even in non-sanctioned events on: January 12, 2016, 08:14:38 pm
Did Trick really post that image? Or is that a bit of editorializing on the part of suave and charming thecrav? Because if it's the former, nothing in that photo is counterfeit (unless it's a pretty decent Chinese fake of a Scalding Tarn and a $20 that would make Kim Jong-Un drop his donuts in admiration). Counterfeits are attempts to pass the fake off as real, which the comic examples do nothing of the sort. Then again, the likeness to MY BOY Andrew Jackson is disturbingly accurate...
8  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: Shop Depths on: January 07, 2016, 05:56:27 am
Fetches, TSZ, FoW, Phyrexian mana, tomb...I guess it COULD require a second swing, but the trade off for wiping out all tokens forever for 1 mana is so worth it IMO.

It's the second thing you mentioned so I feel silly asking, but what's TSZ?
9  Eternal Formats / Workshop-Based Prison / Re: Shop Depths on: December 31, 2015, 08:11:42 pm
Are there any updated lists/results for the Shops/Depths archetype? Most recent I can find from mtgo is a 3-1 result by Thiim from November. I have most of the cards for Shops, and a couple friends want me to "broaden my horizons" so to say (they just want me to play something other than Dredge haha), and this deck looks pretty neat! tia
10  Vintage Community Discussion / Rules Q&A / Re: Speed of a concession on: October 26, 2015, 08:07:15 pm
Well, no, conceding is not done "as an instant" and it has nothing to do with time walk being a sorcery. You can concede at ANY time and the game is over as soon as you say you are conceding.

Soooooo you're saying conceding is an interrupt?  Very Happy
11  Vintage Community Discussion / Rules Q&A / Re: Speed of a concession on: October 26, 2015, 07:26:11 am
Yeah, concessions don't use the stack or anything, so it's not like the opponent can respond to it haha
12  Eternal Formats / Global Vintage Tournament Reports and Results / Re: MTGO Power 9 Challenge 10/24/15 on: October 25, 2015, 05:41:59 pm
Man, bonkers top 8, lots of diversity all around. What a time to be alive: we got robots on Mars and Dark Times in the top 8 haha
13  Eternal Formats / Bazaar-Based Decks / Re: Manaless Dredge 2014 on: October 25, 2015, 08:57:22 am
The videos are great, even with the mic situation in round 2 and 3 (maybe a possibility for a "commentary track" in the future? haha).

I'll say these games were a lot more interactive and informative than the previous DE you posted, as the calibre of opponents was much higher in this event.

Do you stream at all, or have thought about it? I was very happy that at least five players streamed the event live on twitch, but more is always better!

Edit: Round 3 was a savage beating.
14  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: The Eternal Spotlight: Serious Hype [special guest interview w/ @GrandpaBelcher] on: October 17, 2015, 11:28:02 am
Cool article and fun interview! I need to broaden my horizons a bit, maybe proxy up that Tezzeret list. Looks fun.
15  Eternal Formats / Bazaar-Based Decks / Re: Cabal Pit vs Barbarian Ring - and other sideboard discussion on: October 12, 2015, 06:43:56 pm
Speaking of the new Thirsty big blue mana decks, are folks running into more Blightsteel or is it just me? Leaves me pining for the days of four Chain of Vapor from the board haha

Vault/Key also wants an instant-speed answer, so if the thirst/Grixis control decks become more popular, Nature's Claim feels more right than Serenity (or Wispmare, but that dodges Mental Misstep).

Do we expect Thirst to be a chunk of the meta going forward, or will it be like when Gifts came off the B&R list, people toyed around with it for a week, then went back to their usual programming?

Looking forward to trying out Sullivan et Co.'s changes (especially Riftstone Portal, always a pet Shops tech I liked).
16  Eternal Formats / Bazaar-Based Decks / Re: Manaless Dredge 2014 on: September 20, 2015, 09:21:25 am
I'll second the "more videos, please" suggestion haha. I'm on the Brophy list atm, and enjoy the strong matchup it has against Shops. I have most of the cards to give your pitch Dredge configuration a whirl, but I'm having trouble wrapping my head around some of the keeps (in my defense, Dredge players don't often play LoA or counter spells that often heh).

So yeah, more videos of games/matches would be nice!
17  Eternal Formats / Northeast U.S. / Re: The 2015 Eternal Weekend! $20,000+ in prizes! Philadelphia, PA! August 21-23! on: August 25, 2015, 07:36:50 am
Great event to go to and see all the cool decks (and Power haha). Really eye-opening to see the diversity of the format. While I performed poorly and basically got smooshed each match (haha) it leaves me wanting to play more Vintage! Only way to get good at something is to first be bad at it.

The coverage was also really good, Bob's stories were the best. And I agree: next year have a second (or third or fourth) camera in the feature match area. I'll be the voice of dissent and say I wanted Sullivan and his endless ranks of the dead to take it all (NYSE and Champs? Is it too late to vote him PotY? haha), but was extra sad when we didn't really get a story as to what happened during his Top 4 match against Robert. Ah well.

Top shelf all around. Will 100% attend next year!
18  Eternal Formats / Bazaar-Based Decks / Re: [Deck Discussion] Fatestitcher Dredge on: July 12, 2015, 09:32:37 am
For Shops, I've been going -4 Leylines, -DR package, +4 Chewers, +4 Claims, and relying on the free creatures and zombie tokens once I've fought through the cages/crypts. What's also helped is that once Shops knows I'm on Dredge, they tend to keep really marginal hands (the other day, an opponent kept a two Wasteland, no-other-land hand thinking that would get him there. He didn't see another land :/ ).

I never really thought about keeping in the DRs, as I was only planning on casting one or two spells the whole game to get rid of the hate! But DR would be easier to cast through Spheres than the actual hate spells. When I've been absolutely desperate for a Chewer, I've relied on dredging then casting a Golgari Thug, then getting it to die to recur the Chewer back on top of the library. Keeping in the DRs would be faster haha. (As a side note, this is also how I grind past a Containment Priest, but I need Bridges in the yard too.)
19  Eternal Formats / Bazaar-Based Decks / Re: [Deck Discussion] Fatestitcher Dredge on: July 11, 2015, 10:50:22 am
inkmothnexus and other Dredge players more experienced than myself can give you a better breakdown, but I would bring in Sudden Shock against Mentor/Pyromancer and anyone you suspect siding in Yixlid Jailer against you. I've been trying Murderous Cut and Contagion, and they've both been OK, but what I find myself needing more often than most is something like Swords to Plowshares that can get rid of a 3+ toughness threat while also RFGing the creature so my Bridges don't get sacked. (I've also discovered in playtesting that the deck is soft to a Tinkered/Foregemastered Colossus haha.) StP has a hole in its swing against Misstep, but hopefully the oppo sides those out when playing against Dredge.

I personally have never sided out Serum Powders. I rarely keep hands without Bazaar, as it's just way too important for the deck's strategy. Others may disagree. I side out the Leylines and the DR package against Shops, siding in the Chewers and Claims. Shops usually isn't going to turn 1 or turn 2 you, so we're all in it for the long con. Versus storm I tried siding out the Petrified Fields, which I think is right (they're not taxing us, and maybe, maybe have a Stripmine coming in from the side), but their hate is usually of the "exile the GY" kind, and I haven't mastered the "slow roll Dredge" to get around it. This is why I'm interested in Leyline of Sanctity.

I will say, sideboarding has been a constant issue whenever I've played Dredge and I'd like to talk about it more. Let's face it, it's a combo deck with a pretty narrow focus: it's tough to figure out what cards to swap for what without ruining the deck (this was my experience with the Fatestitcher/Mental Misstep/Unmask builds). Playing inkmothnexus's list was the first time SBing seemed obvious to me, like listening to a song 1000 times, only to finally figure out what the lyrics mean on the 1001st haha.
20  Eternal Formats / Bazaar-Based Decks / Re: [Deck Discussion] Fatestitcher Dredge on: July 09, 2015, 01:20:39 pm
It looks like Rich Shay gave inkmothnexus's/Brophy's list a spin in a daily and 4-0'd it

http://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/303136 (pretty sure The Atog Lord is Rich Shay)

I used to play Fatestitcher Dredge but converted my list to Brophy's build after NYSE III. Love at first site really. I can't explain it, but I had such a hard time making SB decisions playing my older build, which now seem obvious. In a Shops-heavy meta (or one that's really Wasteland happy), this new iteration has a very favorable matchup. Post-board, the deck has enough mana to cast hate cards through all the spheres.

However, I still get blown out by Gush Storm haha. If they have it, you're probably in trouble. The non-cage GY hate I've run into was also varied enough that I was considering turning the Wispmare's into Leyline of Sanctity. Turns off Tormod's Crypt, Ravenous Trap, Nihil Spellbomb, Bojuka Bog (that one surprised me), and the usual storm wincons (as well as Oath of Druids, no?).

Anyway, really fun list.
21  Vintage Community Discussion / Community Introductions / Re: Introduce Yourself on: February 25, 2015, 10:52:35 am
Howdy all. Longtime player/lurker. North-western NJ, with partners in crime in Philly. Can't wait for Eternal Weekend haha.
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